Friday, October 24, 2014

New Release: One Birth

It may not seem like Christmas is around the corner - but fear not it is!  (Just check out any craft store and even some department stores.)
Here is our newest release - One Birth.  The wording on the pattern says: "one birth, one child, one season, one reason."  This pattern showcases a fun 3D effect for both punch needle and cross stitch. We worked hard to create a soft bed of straw for baby Jesus to lie in.
Call up your local shop for your copy of this pattern.
Shops?  Call up any of our distributors - they have them in stock today ready to ship out.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Myrtle Grace Motifs - October 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Myrtle Grace Motifs!
Happy Fall!  A day spent raking leaves and picking up walnuts surely is a sign that fall has arrived in the Midwest.  Hard to imagine we are already looking towards Christmas and the New Year – but soon the snow will be upon us!

New Release: One Birth

We are excited to announce a new release for tomorrow!
It may not seem like Christmas is around the corner - but fear not it is!  (Just check out any craft store and even some department stores.)
Here is our newest release - One Birth.  The wording on the pattern says: "one birth, one child, one season, one reason."  This pattern showcases a fun 3D effect for both punch needle and cross stitch. We worked hard to create a soft bed of straw for baby Jesus to lie in.
Call up our distributors - they have them in stock today ready to ship out.

Trunks Shows
Our trunk show calendar for 2015 is just getting started.  Want to get on the calendar?  Please let us know!  We’d love to work out a date.

Book Release
Bayview Publishing and Craftways have released a new book for the Christmas season: A Cross Stitch Christmas – A Heartwarming Holiday.  You may notice a name in there that seems a bit familiar – ours!  We were honored to design a pattern for this year’s book.  It’s called Christmas Cheer on page 69.

Distributors
We are proud to be represented by these fine companies:
Hoffman Distributing Company - www.hoffmandis.com
Norden Crafts - www.nordencrafts.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Falling for Donuts

Something that is pure fall is Apple Cider and Apple Cider Donuts.  I keep hearing about Apple Cider donuts being a fall treat - but I have never had one.  Not even at an apple orchard.  We are the "go get your apples and run type".  Actually it wasn't until last year that we even picked our own apples.  
While picking your own apples is satisfying, there is also something so fun about making your own donuts.   Watching them puff up in the oven, then dipping in glaze and some sugar and spice.  Once again I considered canceling our dinner plan for a baked good - but alas - these donuts?  Awesome for dessert!  Andy even heated up some apple cider with spices for a hot drink.  I would highly recommend this yummy treats.  No donut pan?  They'll work as muffins too.

Apple Cider Donuts
Ingredients
1½ c. cake flour (or 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour - remove 3 tablespoons of flour and replace with cornstarch - then sift 5 times)
½ c. granulated sugar
1½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. apple pie spice
½ tsp. salt
¼ c. apple cider
¼ c. buttermilk
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg
1 c. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp apple cider
1 Tbsp. apple pie seasoning
½ c. granulated sugar

Instructions
Combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, spice and salt. Whisk together to combine.
Add cider, buttermilk, syrup, oil and egg.
Mix wet and dry ingredients until smooth.
Put donut batter in a disposable piping bag and pipe into a greased donut pan. (Fill until ½ full)
Bake in a 425ยบ oven. Bake 4-6 minutes for the mini donuts, and 6-8 minutes for the regular sized donuts.
Let donuts cool for a few minutes and then remove them from the pan.
Combine powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp of cider. In a separate bowl combine ½ c. sugar and 1 Tbsp apple pie seasoning.
Dip warm donuts in cider glaze and then dip in the sugar and spice mixture.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Don't judge my messy floor...

Apple Pie Spice seems something silly to buy in the grocery store - doesn't it?  I mean really… it's just a few things tossed together - probably things you already have in your cabinet.  I needed Apple Pie Spice for some Apple Cider Donuts I was planning to make (see recipe next week).  I got out my trusted tiny canning jar and starting adding ingredients.  Thankfully I had them all, gave it a toss and a smell -- apple pie.  I even made Andy smell it.  He agreed, smelled like apple pie.  Will I use this mix in my apple pie?  Ha!  Probably not… but hey, need to add some flavor to some apple cider, I bet this would be amazing.  Even as a cinnamon roll filling - oh the possibilities of this fancy little mix.  Don't worry, I won't tell anyone it was so easy to put together.
  
Apple Pie Spice

¼ cup Ground Cinnamon
2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
½ tsp Ground All Spice
1 tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp Ground Cardamom

Directions:

In a small jar add all ingredients. Close jar with lid and shake to combine. Add or decrease certain ingredients to suit your personal tastes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Feeling Blessed with Shriveled Up Chicken

I hope you never get that call "honey - we've been in an accident".  I hope to never get that call again either.  Andy called me several weeks ago on a Friday night.  I had run to do the grocery shopping, he took Bronwyn with him to do a Home Depot and Lowes run.  Divide and conquer - so we thought.  The short story is someone pulled out in front of someone going the opposite direction, she tried to avoid that person and ended up crossing the center line and hitting my family head on.  Thankfully not one was injured, but they did take Miss B to the ER in an ambulance to get checked out.  Before any of this happened, I started the oven and threw some chicken in.  You see, I was planning to make this great soup recipe the next day and I needed roasted chicken.  I do enjoy multitasking… so I figured I'd roast the chicken as I put the groceries away and did other odds and ends.  Then the call came.  While I waited for the second call to find out what hospital to go to, I looked at my chicken through the window of the oven.  Well… it was starting to cook and turn white, but if I turned the oven off at this point it would be partially baked and mostly raw.  If I took it out quick and refrigerated it, what on earth might we die from growing in that mess.  So I left the oven on - attempted to use the timer function which I thought would turn it off (it didn't).  When we got home 2 hours later, the oven was still on.  That poor chicken looked like it had been ridden hard and put away wet.  SO wrinkly and hopelessly dry.  Well, my family was safe, so what if I ruined some chicken.  I tossed it in a container and into the fridge and went to bed.  Woke up the next day and gave the soup a shot.  I cut it up in as tiny pieces as I could and honestly?  You'd never know how dry and gross it really was!  This soup turned out amazing.  It was so good.  It was creamy but not super rich like most cream based soups are.  Enjoy this one - I'm pretty sure this recipe is not one I'll never make again without remembering that scary call but mostly being thankful for God watching my family that night.

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup 

1 tsp of olive oil
1/2 sweet yellow onion
2-3 carrots, diced
2-3 stalks of celery, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
5 cups of homemade chicken stock
1 tsp chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp dried basil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced (more if you like)
1/2 cup long grain white rice
1/2 cup of frozen sweet yellow corn, thawed
2 tbsp corn starch
1 12 oz can evaporated milk

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery once hot. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and stir constantly for 60 seconds. Add the chicken stock, diced chicken, rice, bouillon, basil, sea salt, black pepper and bay leaf. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Turn the soup up until it boils. Mix the corn starch and evaporated milk thoroughly in a bowl. Add the milk mixture to the boiling soup and stir. Lower the heat and add the corn. Mix thoroughly and simmer for a few more minutes. The soup will thicken as it sits.

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